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To stay safe, save that fast food until you get home

When you look at fatality statistics on America's roads, it feels pretty daunting to get in your car. The reality, though, is that there is a multitude of little, easy things that you can do to stay safe. A few of them include:

  • Obeying the speed limit.
  • Wearing your seat belt.
  • Signaling when you turn.
  • Staying off of your cellphone.
  • Driving with both hands on the wheel.

The list is long, and this is just a small sampling. However, there's another thing that experts say you can do that people often fail to consider. You should never eat while you drive. It slows down your reaction times and can cause you to drift out of your lane and into the oncoming traffic.

In short, it's just a distraction, like talking on the phone or trying to change the end destination on your GPS. It means you look away from the road as you dig the food out of the bag or try to get the last bit out of your soft drink. You may feel safe, but if something unexpected happens -- traffic stops ahead of you in a construction zone, for instance -- you're not going to react right away. That can cause an accident.

Fast food and drive-thru options encourage us to eat on the go, and many people live fast-paced lives and feel like they have no choice. You always do, though, and you should choose safety above all else.

Even if you do, another distracted driver could cause an accident that leaves you with injuries. Make sure you know how to seek compensation for your costs.

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